Cambodia Service Learning Trip (15)
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Cambodia is a developing and charming country recovered from a tragic past. The level of education in Cambodia has been improving, but there is still an educational gap when compared with other developed countries, especially in the areas of technology and science. Will you join us to give them a helping hand?

This summer marks the 15th service learning trip to Cambodia since 2011. The project aims to continue our support to the children and youth at Cambodian Children’s Fund, Who Will Village, Wat Opot Children's Community and a local primary school. The team will devote their project to organizing useful educational activities and interactive STEM workshops so as to narrow the educational gap in developing country and help their youth to develop their full potential.

Participants are required to attend all pre-trip workshops and spare time in sub-team meetings to conduct a research and prepare service plans for the trip throughout the semester. During trip participants can also explore many dimensions of Cambodian culture and history.

Participants of the trip will be able to:

To learn more about the previous Cambodia service learning trips, please visit here.

6 - 13 June 2018
Location Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Program Highlights 1. Community service at Cambodian Children's Fund, Who Will Village & Wat Opot Community
2. Visit to partner NGOs and their facilities
3. Cultural exploration in Phnom Penh
Note: Some orphans in the Wat Opot Community are HIV positive.
Program Schedule
Pre-trip workshops Workshop 1 16 March 2018 (Fri) 6:30 - 9pm
Workshop 2 24 March 2018 (Sat) 9:45am - 5pm
CLE Workshop 16, 17 or 18 April 2018 (TBC)
6:30 - 9:30pm
Workshop 3 1 June 2018 (Fri) 10am - 2pm
Weekly group preparation tasks March - June 2018
Sub-team consultation meetings Meeting 1
19 - 27 April 2018
Meeting 2 2 - 4 May 2018
(approx. 1 hour for each session, actual date & time is subject to the availability of each sub-team)
Pre-trip Service @HKUST Service Learning Day 2018 28 April 2018 (Sat) (TBC)
Post-trip sharing session 15 June 2018 (Fri) 6:30 - 9pm
Program Fee HK$ 5,900 (subject to final airfare available)
  • Participants may be able to reimburse up to HK$2,100 subsidy upon satisfactory completion of the whole service program, including attendance and high level of engagement in group preparation tasks and workshops, and submission of reflection report. (OSLG or SSEBR recipients who received subsidy HK$2,100 or above will not be granted the above mentioned subsidy.)

  • Student may apply for Connect Overseas Service Learning Grant (OSLG) to receive subsidy to cover part of the program fee. Additional consideration will be given to those with financial need. More details.

  • For Tertiary Student Finance Scheme (TSFS) government grant & loan recipients:
    Student should apply for "Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR)" from government. Successful applicant will be able to get subsidy of HK$5,900 x % of TSFS grant received. SSEBR application details.
    Example: if you receive 50% government grant, you will receive HK$2,950 subsidy via SSEBR.
    In order to lessen the financial burden on government grant & loan recipients paying the full program fee up front, subject to presentation of TSFS notification of result during interview, grant recipients will get pre-approval of OSLG. Upon being awarded the SSEBR subsidy, student receiving pre-approved OSLG shall return the OSLG/SSEBR subsidy, whichever is lower, to HKUST Connect .
      Amount of government grant awarded Program fee payable
    Fee schedule for grant & loan recipients (Pre-approved OSLG) Over 75% of grant HK$ 1,180
    50-75% of grant HK$ 2,950
    <50% of grant HK$ 4,425

Program fee includes:
  • Round-trip flights to Phnom Penh, local transportation, accommodation (shared room), meals during program activities, entry fee for visits included in the official program, and travel insurance
  • Program fee does NOT include:
  • Personal expenses and expenses out of the official program, travel document/visa application, additional travel and medical insurance
Requirement Experience in teaching STEM will be a plus.
Donation Each participant is required to raise a minimum of HK$ 600 on top of the program fee to support the development projects at Wat Opot Community.
Application Please complete the online registration form
Application Deadline 25 February 2018 (Sun)
Interview Interviews will be held on 27, 28 February or 1 March 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email.
Note To ensure the quality of the service activities and a positive team experience, the organizer reserves the right to terminate the participation for any student who fail to attend 100% of the required pre-trip activities, and the program fee will not be refunded.
Enquiries Jason Tsang (

Additional Information on collaborators in Cambodia:

Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF)

Cambodian Children’s Fund was founded by former film executive Scott Neeson, in 2004. It provides life-changing education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia’s most destitute communities. The majority of children in CCF were former garbage pickers and primary caretakers of their siblings, living and working on Phnom Penh’s former municipal garbage dump. In the beginning, CCF revolved around the health and well-being of 87 youngsters. In 2012, CCF has cared for more than 1,200 children and they will extend their services to provide for the families and communities in crisis.
For more information:

Who Will Village

Who Will Village is a local NGO registered in Cambodia dedicated to caring for orphans and disadvantaged children and poor Cambodian Communities with no religious affiliation. It is a relatively small NGO that is privately funded. Who Will’s mission is to care for orphans or disadvantaged children of Cambodia, by providing them a village in which they can be raised in a proper family environment. For each house there will be a housemother, their role is to bring up her family as if their true mother. Ultimately this village will appear to be just another country village and it will be fully integrated into the community, ensuring that the children will not carry the unjustified stigma of “coming from an orphanage”
For more information:

The Wat Opot Children's Community

The Wat Opot Community was founded by Wayne Dale Matthysse in 2002. It is rare, and perhaps unique in Cambodia, for HIV-infected and non-infected children to live together as family, sharing homes and meals and playing together. Many children who are not physically affected by the virus are living here because their primary caregiver was or is HIV Positive and has either died or is unable to take care of them. Some are orphans who are not HIV+ but have lost their parents altogether to AIDS. One of the primary goals of The Wat Opot Community is to restore the joy of living to these adults and children. The community also builds strong connection with neighboring villages.
For more information:

Last Update: 1 February 2018